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POSTED 14/7/15


ROCKET LEAGUE

Psyonix



Well, some of the cars are on the pitch...

No, it’s not the illogical extension of letting off flares and belting seven shades of shite out of anybody donning the opposition’s colours, rather Rocket League is a collision of soccer and driving. It’s just like Top Gear did, but without Jeremy Clarkson being potentially sexist, racist, fascist and likely a few other words ending in ‘ist’.

Actually, it’s not exactly like it, for the cars here are all futuristic, and, as the title ably hints at, they’re rocket powered. Otherwise, if you’ve guessed that you drive cars around arenas trying to score goals with a big-arse soccer ball then you’d be right. Please send us a stamped, self-addressed email and we’ll reply with your very own elephant stamp, completely free!

You can play solo against computer-controlled vehicles or none at all – although that makes for a pretty boring outing (if not easy trophy harvesting). You can play local split-screen with up to three others (making four players, just in case you’re mathematically challenged) or you can do multiplayer online. The latter depends wholly on your capacity for tolerating fuckwits – at which time you’ll likely wish you were playing against Clarkson instead - and also your ability to accept being completely owned by the sorts of dextrous wizards who’ll toy with you much like a kitten with a ball of yarn.

All manner of customisations are available, but admirably they’re entirely cosmetic, keeping the playing field even. There are different arenas, heaps of stuff to unlock, and plenty of scope for DLC expansion, which we’ll bet is on the cards.

Simple to pick up but challenging to master, Rocket League is brilliant fun alone, but really kicks into overdrive when playing with others.

Arriverderci, it’s one-on-one. Or two-on-two, or three-on-three, or four-on-four...

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